Announcements have been made by Highways England for a five-year £600M investment into the transport infrastructure of the North East.
This comes as part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy which is seeking to ‘smooth’ over the divide between the North and the South by improving the motorways and major A roads.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity. This roads investment is the biggest in a generation and is a vital part of our long term economic plan.
“Our £600M investment in roads in the North East over the next five years will dramatically improve our road network and unlock the North’s economic potential.”
The project will include the improvement to the A1 and A19, with new flyovers, technology improvements and road widening all forming part of the works. Work is expected to start in 2018.
Highways England director of major projects in the North Jeremy Bloom said: “Drivers in the North East will see significant investment in major A roads and motorways across the region over the next five years. We’re investing £600M on delivering major improvements to the North East, starting or completing six major road schemes and carrying out further development of further four major schemes.”
He went further: “These schemes will bring significant benefits to the users of the Strategic Road Network in the North East. Construction will, of course, bring some necessary disruption in the short term and we will ensure that we keep this to a minimum to keep traffic flowing.”
This is an exciting project for both those in the North and South and will open up many new working opportunities for people across the UK.
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